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Half of companies fail to ensure data privacy

Categories : Cash is trust, Cash protects privacy and anonymity
September 11, 2017
Tags : Data breach, Europe, Privacy and anonymity, Regulation
A recently conducted Verizon study found that almost half of the companies that have a presence in Europe fail to comply with the new European General Data Protection Regulation, leaving consumers vulnerable to data breaches.
Communication Team / Equipo de Comunicación

The recent adoption of the European General Data Protection Regulation encouraged many companies, to review their policy in terms of card payment security. According to this new regulation, companies with presence on the old continent must ensure that customers’ personal information is effectively protected as a failure to do so could result in fines of up to €20 million.

In this context, Verizon – a US telecommunications provider – recently conducted a study to verify companies’ compliance with card payment regulations and data protection. And the results are quiet alarming:  about 45% of the assessed companies do not comply with payment security standards. In other words, nearly half of companies expose their customers to hackers.

The study was led on firms based in the United States, Latin America and Asia. The majority of companies fail to apply the Payment Card Industry (PCI) rules, often because they are not able to detect vulnerabilities in their system quickly enough. Ciske Van Oosten – global intelligence Manager at Verizon – stated that among the various industries assessed, retailers and hospitality companies were the least equipped to ensure data privacy. He added that retailers are especially bad at encrypting and authenticating data and securing their transmission.

Van Oosten believes that firms fail to understand the importance of frequently rescanning their system in order to immediately detect failures, an operation that should be done at least after every significant system change, such as the introduction of new equipment or an app update. By ignoring payment security requirements, companies are putting customers’ personal data at the mercy of criminals.

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